Teachers have a huge role and responsibility to standing up against exclusion, prejudice, and injustice. Teachers have the job and role of educating and teaching students their rights and social justice. If educators in schools aren’t teaching this then where will students learn this? Teachers also have the responsibility of modeling behaviors that stand up against exclusion, prejudice, and injustice. Students watch and follow teachers all day. We are their role models. If we don’t stand up and we don’t model this then students will not. Teachers have the ability to teach students new views and give them encouragement. As teachers we know are students the best and we can teach this matter in away that wont be harmful and will give them a new look on this issue in our society. “The primary goal of SJE is to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to confront social inequality in society and promote equity within their sphere of influence (Adams, 2010)” (Storms,2013,31). When teaching this material to students it important we aren’t bias and we teach them about it and the skills needed. We need to educate our students and let them decide what they want to do with the learned material. We want to encourage them to stand up against social justice but we have to give them all the sides and material.
When teaching this material teachers need to be aware of the different students background in the classroom as we don’t want to offend anyone. It’s also important that all grade level and educators are teaching this material and know and understand the material. If educators start teaching this at a young age all the way through it will stick and students will realize the importance. Teachers have a responsibility of staying up to date with the content and the subject. “Teachers must be educated to understand their responsibilities regarding the content of their instruction and the results they are to achieve for all the students they teach. To do this, teachers must know and be able to work effectively with state standards and assessments (Ainsworth, 2003a, 2003b; Reeves, 2002a, 2002b, 2002c)” (Poplin, 2005,31).We need to educate our students on social justice and standing up against exclusion, prejudice, and injustice. This is not any easy subject to teach and it will take time to master but it is important that educators are doing something in the classroom to educate the students on this matter.
Poplin, M., & Rivera, J. (2005). Merging Social Justice and Accountability: Educating Qualified and Effective Teachers. Theory Into Practice, 44(1), 27 37 doi:10.1207/s15430421tip4401_5
Storms, S. B. (2013). Preparing Teachers for Social Justice Advocacy. Multicultural Education, 20(2), 33-39.